ASUCI Senate Minutes
Thursday, February 26, 2015

 

ASUCI Legislative Council Minutes

February 26th, 2015


  • Called to Order by Sanaa Khan at 5:05PM

  • Attendance

    • * Nikki Kathuria will be absent (Class)

    • * John Beneke will be absent (Class)

    • * John Salazar will be absent (Personal)

    • * Gregory Deleon will be absent (Personal)

  • Approval of Minutes

    • Motion: Tsai / Second: Lima

  • Approval of Agenda

    • Motion: Tsai / Second: Fatahi

  • Guest List

    • Mark Deppe

    • Nicole Larson, ASUCI Sustainability and TGIF Commissioner

  • Public Comment

  • Old Business

    • B50-54

      • Phan Motion to move to after item 4b to allow presenter to get here

        • tsai seconds

    • Consent Calendar

      • pull to floor - Delshadi/Tsai

      • open discussion (10 minutes, 1 minute speaker) - Phan/Carlson

      • Delshadi yields time to TGIF Commissioner to explain changes

      • Nicole Larson (TGIF): most changes were technical changes or typographical fixes, admin affairs has to sign contracts for TGIF, sets a better framework in the future for TGIF

      • tsai call to question, lima seconds

        • calendar passes 10-0-1

  • New Business

    • Legislative Council Speaker Pro-Tempore Election

      • Zomorrodian nominates Phan, Phan accepts

      • Sidney nominates Tsai, Tsai declines

      • Tsai nominates Sidney, Sidney declines

      • Hong nominates Hong, Hong accepts

      • Phan is elected

    • R50-69

      • pull to floor - phan/zomorrodian

      • phan motion of privilege to have secondary author read

        • zomorrodian seconds

      • motion to open discussion (30 minutes, 1 minute speaker) - Phan/Tsai

      • delshadi motion to fix his/her

      • Delshadi: “historically a veto requires â…— vote of the Executive Cabinet to veto legislation. this current constitution has a presidential veto, the president is the only person who needs to veto a legislation. this draws a line between our current system and makes one executive have more power that the other executives dont. it erodes a democratic principle, all executives are elected and can represent different constituencies. all executives are entitled ot have say over any veto that occurs, not just 1 amongst the 5. i see our Exec Cabinet as a body of peers, when we are all gathered together, we all have a equal vote, equal voice. i highly advocate that we change back to our current system where all our executives have power to veto”

      • Zomorridan: “i support this veto out of principle. we all have a vested interest in our school and student government. presidential veto is a necessity for what our cabinet has and our strength of our student government. currently now with our system, luckily this year the council and executive relationship has been good, in the case there are strong issues coming through the legislative branch, if it gets passed it can be the “end all be all” for checks and balances. we have two deliberative bodies right now in student government, technically speaking. the idea of an executive is to execute actions that were deliberated by the legislative. say legislative council passes something with a â…” majority, both vetos are non-unique because you can still override the veto with legislative council, this is council’s check onto the executive. this would also help with efficiency within government, seeing within our american government with presidential veto. we can see that with the Keystone XL pipeline. obama vetoed the legislation and congress can overturn with a supermajority vote. congress can still overturn, but imagine the president having to convince the executive branch as a whole to make the veto. looking at other Associate Student governments in other UCs, other presidents have legislative vetos over their legislation and they see awe as to how vetos operate in aSUCI”

      • Delshadi: “I understand what points Reza has been made. Our system has been working, we have five executives as equals. There are legislations that have been brought to Cabinet, and we have been able to have individual executives dissent and influence the decision. I feel that it is important, it’s not a broken system, it will continue to work in the same way if we continue it. I understand the checks and balances but that ignores how we do things on this campus. When you are elected, you represent your school and constituents”

      • Khan: concern regarding ASUCI name, “Associated Students, University of California, Irvine” or “Associated Students of the University of California at Irvine”

      • phan motion to amend

        • zomorrodian seconds

      • phan motion to amend

        • delshadi seconds

      • delshadi motion to amend

        • phan seconds

      • rico motion to amend

        • phan seconds

      • tsai motion to amend

        • phan seconds

      • Phan - motion to postpone till Tuesday

        • second Zomorrodian

    • R50-54

      • Presentation by Kristine Jermakian

  • phan Motion Adjourn Meeting at 6:07PM

    • rico Second